PERTH, Australia: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) bagged a total of 62 medals – 41 golds, 13 silvers and eight bronzes – at the close of the 2015 Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge on Monday at the Challenge Stadium.
The Filipino tankers, whose participation was supported by Wetshop and Finis Philippines, copped 11 more golds on the final day including three from Stephen Guzman, two golds each from Sean Terence Zamora and Martin Jacob Pupos, and one apiece from Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Kyla Soguilon, Paul Cusing and Drew Benett Magbag.
Guzman won golds in the boys’ 11 years 100m butterfly (1:21.67), 200m freestyle (2:40.36) and 100m freestyle (1:13.85) while Zamora topped the boys’ 14 years 200m butterfly with a new record of 2:24.49 then took another gold in the 4x50m medley relay.
Pupos ruled the boys’ 16 years 100m butterfly (1:03.64) and submitted a new mark in the boys’ 16 years 200m freestyle in 2:07.52; Mojdeh reigned supreme in the girls’ 8 years 50m breaststroke (48.56); Soguilon dominated the girls’ 10 years 100m freestyle (1:11.07); Cusing was part of the boys’ 14 years 4x50m medley relay gold; and Magbag shone in the boys’ 15 years 50m breaststroke (32.04).
Winning silver medals on the third day were Soguilon (50m breaststroke), Mojdeh (100m butterfly), Pupos (100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 4x50m medley relay), Magbag (4x50m medley relay), Rio Malapitan (boys’ 11 years 4x50m medley relay) and Julian Ingrid Pupos (50m breaststroke). The bronzes were from Malapitan (50m breaststroke) and Julian Ingrid (17-over 200m freestyle relay and 4x50m medley relay).
PSL President Susan Papa thanked the Filipino community in Australia headed by Filipino Australian Club Inc. Founder and Vice President Vicki Wotherspoon, President Jessie Cajustin and International Advocacy Film Director Dave Cecilio along with Fr. Concord Bagaoisan, Filipino Community Council of Western Australia President Dante Maribbay, Bien Dela Cerna, Ofelia Leady, Arturo Soriano, Raymond Padernilla, Brad Matugas and Landy Matugas.
“We teach now our young PSL swimmers righteousness. We are telling them we are one family and should help and extend a hand to those who are in need and trouble to see good results, and these kids just did that,” said Papa.
“The forces of lies, malice, jealousy, corruption, injustice oppression, hate and deceit should be rebuke and this is how to win life over death and how to win over losing the race,” she added.
The team has surpassed its 34-gold, six-silver, 10-bronze output in the 2014 edition.
“We are overwhelmed seeing these young kids winning gold medals. We want to commend the PSL for promoting sports all over the Philippines and letting these young swimmers to experience competing internationally,” said Filipino Community Council of Western Australia President Dante Maribbay.
The PSL is the national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines —an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).